Kawasaki Receives Order for 84,000 m³ LPG-fueled LPG Carrier

Feb. 10, 2020

Tokyo, February 10, 2020 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today that it has concluded a shipbuilding contract with Kumiai Navigation (Pte) Ltd in Singapore for an 84,000 m3 liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier powered by LPG fuel.

This contract will be for the 65th LPG carrier constructed by Kawasaki, and for the 2nd LPG-fueled LPG carrier following the first of this kind ordered last year (also by Kumiai Navigation). The company plans to construct the vessel at its Sakaide Shipyard and complete it in 2022.

This LPG carrier will operate using both LPG and low-sulfur fuel oil. Use of LPG as fuel greatly reduces emission volumes of sulfur oxides (SOx), CO2 and other pollutants compared with use of marine fuel oil. In this way, the new vessel will meet SOx emission standards*1 which were strengthened in January 2020, and EEDI*2 Phase 3 regulations which will further strengthen CO2 emission standards in 2022.

Installation of LPG fuel tanks on the ship's upper deck makes it possible to load fuel-use LPG separate from the ship's cargo LPG. Moreover, a piping system connecting the LPG fuel tanks and LPG cargo tanks enables transferring of extra LPG to the LPG fuel tanks if necessary.

By actively pursuing the construction of LPG-fueled LPG carriers and other commercial vessels designed to meet environmental standards, Kawasaki is contributing to reductions in pollutant gas emissions throughout the marine shipping industry.

Length overall Approx. 230.00 m
Length between perpendiculars 226.00 m
Molded breadth 37.20 m
Molded depth 21.90 m
Molded summer draft 11.60 m
Tank capacity 84,000 m3

*1    SOx emission standards: Since January 2015, SOx emission restrictions in North American and European emission control areas (ECAs) have limited sulfur content in fuels to 0.1% or less. Starting in January 2020, regulations have required ships operating in all other parts of the world to use fuel with sulfur content levels of 0.5% or less, or alternatively use equipment to reduce SOx in exhaust gases to an equivalent level.
*2    Energy Efficiency Design Index: Compulsory international regulations requiring energy-efficiency compliance in newly built ships based on EEDI values, which specify CO2 emissions in grams for transporting one ton of cargo for one mile. EEDI regulation values apply in increasingly strict phases based on the construction-contract conclusion date and finished-ship delivery date. Phase 3 regulations (30% CO2 emissions reduction compared with baseline levels) will be introduced for certain ship types including large LPG carriers and LNG carriers contracted to be built in 2022 or later.


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